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MA in Shakespeare Studies

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Postgraduate Courses

This year we are offering the following postgraduate course:

MA in Shakespeare Studies

The course provides you with the opportunity to study the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in their critical, textual and theatrical contexts. You will examine the output of the London theatres from 1590 - 1640, analysing the play texts, companies, repertories, buildings, cultural contexts and urban locations of the theatres. The course also explores the theatre industry of the time using surviving documents and artefacts, and exploits the unique learning facilities of the reconstructed Globe.

The course offers:

  • Access to the strong tradition of Shakespeare and early modern literary studies at King’s
  • Access to the unique theatrical and educational environment at Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Unprecedented access to resources at Shakespeare’s Globe, including the opportunity to work on the Globe stage and conduct research-led experiments with professional theatre artists
  • World-leading expertise in the study of Shakespeare
  • Two research internship placements at Shakespeare’s Globe
  • An opportunity to attend research seminars at the London Shakespeare Centre, King’s College London, and seminars and conferences at Shakespeare’s Globe

Globe Research Internships

At the end of the first semester, students are invited to apply for two placements in our research team. Interns are expected to conduct high-level research to tight deadlines, and provide dramaturgical support for the theatre companies in rehearsal at the Globe.

Interns assist with a wide variety of research projects and queries that range from assisting directors of our Read Not Dead staged readings, to conducting research for our productions, documentaries and AHRC-funded projects. You may also have the opportunity to work on the Globe’s large-scale research project into performance practices in the Globe playhouse, by interviewing actors and directors and documenting their findings. Interns also assist with the running of conferences and seminars which often feature internationally-renowned scholars and authors.

The MA in Shakespeare Studies is offered by Globe Education in partnership with King’s College London. The faculty includes Dr Farah Karim-Cooper (Globe Education), Professor Gordon McMullan (King's), Dr Sonia Massai (King's) and Professor Ann Thompson (King's). The Globe has regular visiting fellows who also contribute to the MA. Past guest lecturers have included Professor Andrew Gurr (University of Reading), Professor Susan Cerasano (Colgate University) and Jenny Tiramani (Director of Theatre Design, 2003-2006).


Discover more about the course in the video below.


For further information visit the King's College London website.